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Southern Nationals Starts '20 Tour at Smoky Mountain on Friday, July 10

(July 4, 2020) The Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals will kick off their 2020 campaign at Smoky Mountain Speedway on Friday, July 10. The 12-race in 16-night tour is in its 16th season and this is the first time Smoky Mountain Speedway has played host to the opening race. (MRM Racing Photos)

Late model drivers from across the region will be on hand competing for the $10,053 first place prize. Brandon Overton, Kyle Strickler, Donald McIntosh, Cla Knight, Ross Bailes, Jake Knowles, and Pearson Lee Williams are just some of the drivers expected for the 2020 Southern Nationals tour. They will go against other drivers such as Cory Hedgecock, Vic Hill, David Crabtree, Ryan King, Tommy Kerr, Robby Moses, and many more.

Friday’s format will consist of time trials, heat races, last chance B-mains, and the 53-lap feature event. Also racing on July 10 will be the limited late models for $1,200 to win and the sportsman late models for $800 to win. It will point races for both divisions.

During the intermission, there will be a coin and candy toss for the kids 11 and under. There will also be some surprises mixed in with the coins and candy. Pit gates open at 3:00. Grandstand and tier parking gates open at 4:00. The drivers meeting is scheduled for 6:45 with hot laps to follow at 7:00.

Grandstand ticket prices are $25 for adults, kids 11 and under are free. Tier parking tickets are $30 for adults, kids 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 for adults, kids 11 and under are $20. Minors 18 and under must submit a Minor Release and Waiver of Liability form signed by parent/legal guardian. If form is not signed in the presence of a Smoky Mountain Speedway official, it must be notarized. Forms can be downloaded from the track's web site. | full story

Overton Wins Mountain Moonshine Classic at Smoky Mountain Speedway

(June 13, 2020) Brandon Overton held off several challenges in a furious finish to win the Mountain Moonshine Classic on Saturday Night at Smoky Mountain Speedway. He earned the $15,000 payday for his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season in front of a record-setting crowd. Overton also became the sixth different winner in the six appearances by the series at Smoky Mountain Speedway. (MRM Racing Photos)

Overton had to hold off Brandon Sheppard, Jimmy Owens, and Josh Richards in the closing laps to win the 60-lap event. Earl Pearson Jr. completed the top five drivers.

Sheppard took the early lead of the race and held the point until Overton was able to mount a charge and catch him. Overton briefly cleared Sheppard heading down the backstretch, but Sheppard was able to get by Overton at the start-finish line. Overton was not finished, he squeezed by on the bottom to take the lead on lap 27. Meanwhile, Owens caught up to Sheppard and the two drivers ran side-by-side for the second spot. The last 30 laps were spectacular as Richards started making up distance on the top three. Overton began battling heavy traffic and things got interesting for the top position late in the race. As the laps wound down, Owens yielded the second spot to Sheppard who cut dramatically into Overton's lead with five laps to go. Overton was able to work enough distance between himself, Sheppard, and Owens to come home with the win. | full results

Randy Weaver Returns to Smoky Mountain Victory Lane!

(May 23, 2020) Randy Weaver made his way back to victory lane in taking Saturday’s American Crate All-Stars race. Cory Hedgecock took the lead from the pole position with Weaver quickly settling into second. Following a caution on lap 13, Weaver began to turn up the heat on Hedgecock. Weaver kept looking to the outside to make the pass. Hedgecock moved up to take away Weaver’s line. Weaver then dropped to the bottom to grab the lead before the halfway point of the race. Weaver held on to win over Hedgecock and Eli Beets. (MRM Racing Photos)

The Topless Outlaw Late Model Series made their first ever visit to Smoky Mountain Speedway. Cory Hedgecock and Jesse Lowe led the field to green. Hedgecock grabbed the lead over Lowe with Kyle Courtney close by. Hedgecock put some distance over the field in cruising to the win over a hard charging Chase King and Courtney. Travis Fultz took the Sportsman late model win. Fultz got the early lead over Jed Emert. Fultz eventually put distance between himself and Emert in cruising to the win. | full results

East TN Dirt Tracks Announce Revised Scheduling for 2020!

(April 22, 2020) East Tennessee dirt track owners, Mitch McCarter (411), Roger Sellers (Smoky Mountain), Gary Hall (Tazewell), and Landon Stallard (Volunteer) have recently held a series of meetings to discuss a variety of topics concerning dirt tracks in the East Tennessee area centering on a central theme of how we can all be better if we work together. Exciting progress has been made with the goal in the future of a common rulebook, combined points funds, among other items that will be discussed in detail going forward.

However, with the current situation that our country is facing in regards to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the main focus is getting all of the tracks back open and operational for our racers, fans, sponsors, and staff. A newly revised collective schedule for 2020 has been published at the end of this statement. The schedule has been developed with much input from all parties involved. Each track having its own schedule of special events and weekly events with as little overlap as possible with our neighboring track. Support classes for each date will be confirmed and published by each track as the opening date approaches. We hope that our fans and racers are as excited as we are for the future - let's go racing!!! | full press release

Smoky Mountain Speedway's Rockin' with the Stars Event Postponed

(April 1, 2020) Track officials with Smoky Mountain Speedway have announced that the annual Rockin' with the Stars event featuring the Southern All Stars Super Late Model Series scheduled for Friday, April 24th has been postponed. We are working with the series to find a suitable make-up date for both parties involved.

Unfortunately, our country is still going through unprecedented times with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. We are going to strictly adhere to federal, state, local, and public health official guidelines regarding social distancing and limiting crowd sizes to stem the spread of the virus. Please stay safe and lets work together to defeat this invisible enemy. We look forward to getting back to racing and enjoying the sport that we all love so much.

The next scheduled event for Smoky Mountain Speedway is the Memorial Day Mayhem in the Mountains event on Saturday, May 23rd. It will feature the American Crate All Stars Series ($5000 to win), Topless Outlaws Late Model Series ($5000 to win), and Sportsman Late Models ($1200 to win).

Marlar Madness; Tennessean Slides Weiss to Win at Smoky Mountain!

(March 7, 2020) Just like on the college basketball court, Saturday night’s World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series race featured two of the best in the sport up against each other with the pressure on the line and a big trophy awaiting the winner. By the time 60 laps around Smoky Mountain Speedway were complete, the packed grandstands had been treated to an incredible race that saw home-state hero Mike Marlar regain the lead after a late restart and bring it back to the checkered flag for his first ever Tennessee Tipoff victory. (MRM Racing Photos)

The 2018 Series champion made the winning move on 2019 Rookie of the Year Ricky Weiss in a big slidejob for the lead with just over two laps remaining to secure the victory, Weiss settling for the runner-up spot. Josh Richards crossed in third after a climb from 10th and strong presence inside the top-five all race long.

Polesitter Chris Madden, of Gray Court, SC, led the field to the drop of the green with Brandon Sheppard and Marlar, from Winfield, TN, on his heels as he pulled away to a nice gap before suffering a reported power steering issue on lap 25, ending his night early. By then, Weiss had made his way to the runner-up position from eighth, picking off cars one at a time down low before inheriting the lead from Madden’s misfortune under the caution. | full results


Track Announces 2020 Plans for Support Classes!

(February 18, 2020) The support class program at Smoky Mountain in 2019 was well received by drivers and owners alike so we have made a few minor adjustments and plan on duplicating that in 2020. Drivers were very appreciative of our investment in the local racing scene. We were able to offer a points championship for running a limited amount of races instead of investing an entire season. Thanks to our great partners, we awarded perfect attendance drivers with not only cash, but great contingency awards. Our champions (Chase King - LLM and Jed Emert - Sportsman) also received trophies, big checks, custom designed championship t-shirts, and Hoosier Racing embroidered jackets. (Heath Lawson Photo)

Limited Late Models and Sportsman Late Models will compete at all SMS events in 2020. A total of 8 races, however one change from 2019, Each driver will be able to drop one race at the end of the season. The best 7 finishes will determine the champions in 2020. The race dates and purse structures are posted at the end of this press release. | full press release


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